Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARs)

Causes of changes in behaviour

It is important to remember that the behaviours demonstrated are the result of the stroke and will depend on the area of brain affected.

However, just experiencing a stroke and the effects such as tiredness and feeling emotional, can affect a person’s behaviour. It can also depend on how the person copes and adjusts to disability.

These behavioural changes can have a considerable impact on the person’s family and carers who may not only be coming to terms with the physical disability but also the behavioural/personality changes too.

For staff, behavioural changes can be challenging to work with and can dictate how effectively the person is able to engage with their rehabilitation.

Page last reviewed: 30 Jan 2020